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Bicknell Center reveals 2018-19 season

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 — The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University revealed its 2018-2019 season today with a lineup that includes two beloved Broadway musicals, a Johnny Cash Tribute, an extreme juggler, a comedy written especially for ...

Nature Reach provides teachers unique training

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 — Bridgett Walker was learning how to be a better teacher in an unlikely way on Tuesday: dressed for the outdoors and with hair up in a ponytail, she was hurrying from hula hoop to hula hoop on a large grassy ...

Hite named director of University Police 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 — When Stu Hite was a freshman at Pittsburg State, he became a dispatcher for University Police and soon caught the bug to go into law enforcement.  "I learned to work the radio, the police codes, interacted with officers," he ...

Spitz returns to campus to advocate for students 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — When Stephanie Spitz was a student at Pittsburg State, she was active in peer health education as a member of Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas in Your Midst.  That, combined with taking classes an influential ...

Grad to be featured on History Channel

Monday, June 11, 2018 — Pittsburg State graduates have been featured on "House Hunters" on two occasions. Now, another Pittsburg State grad, Alan Kirby (BGS 2001), will be featured on a reality TV show.  Kirby will appear on Season 5, Episode ...

Pitt State graduate seeks crown 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 — Three-time Pittsburg State graduate Samantha Reinecke has a shot at being crowned Mrs. United States next month, but for her, it's not about the crown.  Reinecke, who was crowned Mrs. Kansas in 2010 and 2015 and was ...

Summer brings sound of music  

Friday, June 01, 2018 — The Pittsburg State University campus will be alive with the sound of music this summer as it plays host to the Chamber Music Festival in June and the Piano Festival in July, as well as a hand bell festival and a summer youth ...

Memorial Day ceremony planned for Monday 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — U.S. Army Captain Kristina Willis, a 2014 Pittsburg State University graduate whose specialty is military intelligence, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the PSU Veterans Memorial, 1909 S. Rouse.  The ...

Two brothers bring Baja full circle

Thursday, May 17, 2018 —   The Kansas SAE Baja Competition follows roughly the same schedule each year: teams arrive, prepare their cars, present to judges, and compete in endurance and technical events in front of cheering spectators.  But this year's ...

Baja provides unparalleled opportunity for students

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 — Trent Lindbloom can't guarantee how the Pittsburg State University Baja team will place in this week's Kansas SAE Baja — the fourth to be held at PSU since 2011 — but there is one thing of which he is ...

Mathematics student earns prestigious scholarship

Monday, May 14, 2018 — Pittsburg State mathematics graduate student Georgette Searan of Girard, Kansas, has been selected to receive a prestigious and highly competitive Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) ...

From the Midwest to the Middle East

Thursday, May 10, 2018 — When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa.   Following graduation this weekend from Pittsburg State University, that childhood passion will ...

Finding fulfillment with a second degree

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 — In her youth, Leslie Harris never imagined becoming a teacher.    "I really wasn't a 'kid person' until I had kids later on in life," she said.   This week, 37-year-old Harris will graduate with a ...

3D printer donation means hands-on learning

Monday, May 07, 2018 — A new resource donated by a business in Joplin, Missouri, to Pittsburg State's Department of Communication will enable students to apply the skills they are learning in hands-on ways. The possibilities are endless, faculty say.  A ...

Teachers receive awards from College of Education

Monday, May 07, 2018 — Each spring, the College of Education recognizes one outstanding elementary and secondary teacher who have distinguished themselves within their first seven years of service and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to ...

Grad working at Smithsonian on papers of former professor

Sunday, April 29, 2018 — Getting hired as an intern by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art was a welcome surprise for PSU alumnus Ross Schartel and his former art professor, S. Portico Bowman.  "To my knowledge, Ross is Pitt State's first ...

Banquet, scholarship a lasting tribute to GIT student

Monday, April 23, 2018 — When Brittney Feuerborn set out to start the Crimson Creative Awards in 2016 as a senior in Graphics & Imaging Technologies, her goal was to celebrate the most creative minds at Pittsburg State.  This year, on ...

Pittsburg State announces 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award recipients 

Friday, April 13, 2018 — The Pittsburg State University Alumni Association established the Meritorious Achievement Award in 1958. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period. The candidate's activities, ...

Alumni, faculty among selected noted poets 

Friday, April 06, 2018 — "It's an honor for faculty and alumni to be included in the anthology, which speaks to the quality of our program," Washburn said.    The reading, part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, has been ...

Community welcomes PSU grad home from military deployment

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — “I said to Michelle, ‘there’s not going to be, like, a lot of people waiting is there?’,” Josh said. “She said, ‘Well, my Mom might be there and maybe a ...

Pittsburg State mourns death of longtime supporter, alumnus

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — Pittsburg State University is mourning the death of Alan Whetzel, a longtime supporter and alumnus who died March 18, 2018. He was 81. Whetzel was an active supporter of his alma mater and, together with his wife Roberta, instrumental in helping ...

PSU saddened by death of retired chemistry professor

Monday, January 22, 2018 — PSU lost another longtime faculty member with the passing of Robert Roy Pavlis, who died Nov. 30, 2017, unexpectedly in Pelham, Alabama. Pavlis, a resident of Girard, Kansas, was 76.  "Dr. Pavlis was an academic in the ...

More than 500 earn degrees at Fall Commencement

Monday, December 18, 2017 — President Steve Scott also achieved a personal milestone: the 8 p.m. ceremony was his 50th Commencement over which to officiate.   In addressing the ...

Alumni team up to support veterans, caregivers in remembrance of a fellow grad

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 — “Happens every time,” Duncan said. “It doesn’t matter how much time has passed since my time as a student and cheerleader at Pittsburg State, being back on campus brings it all back. It’s such a ...

PSU receives major gift to provide student scholarships

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 — Robert Lee Mays, a native of Burgess, Missouri, had established the Glenda Sanderson-Mays English Scholarship at PSU in memory of his wife just after her death in April 2013. At that ...

Fan Bus headed to Gorilla bowl game in Texarkana

Friday, November 17, 2017 — “Our alumni and fans are excited to watch the Gorillas play again this year,” said Jon Bartlow, director of Alumni and Constituent Relations. “Once the bowl invitation became official Wednesday, we began ...

Teacher inspires her former fifth grader to pursue teaching

Friday, November 17, 2017 — When Daniel Golden was a fith grader at Central Elementary in Baxter Springs, his teacher, Angela Abbot, wrote him a letter, in cursive, praising how much he had progressed as a student and his kind and cooperative nature. "If you ever need ...



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